[Sca-cooks] Burger battle
t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Sun Jan 21 05:53:14 PST 2007
> Johnna Holloway wrote:
>> . . . Andy Smith indicates the origins are vague. Hamburg steak was on
>> Delmonico's menu as early as 1834. That may be the NYC claim. Hamburgers
>> were sold from a lunch wagon in New Haven
>> by 1900S. . .
> According to Benavides-Barajas the recipe for hamburger originated in
> Persia and was brought to Al-Andalus by the Arabs. It was a popular dish
> in the Alhambra flavored with onion and honey and decorated with chopped
> walnuts or apple and served with honey.
It might equally be argued that the recipe for hamburger originates in the
recipes for isicia from the Roman Empire. Your description, for example,
has a number of points in common with Isicia omentata (which can be patties
or meatballs depending on the translation).
Forcemeat recipes are fairly common. Without a clear linguistic
relationship to the name or a probable lineage of recipes, it's only a guess
as to whether the hamburger was based on long tradition or an idea of the
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